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Grateful Dead Live at Capital Centre on 1974-07-29

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Grateful Dead Live at Capital Centre on 1974-07-29

Publication date 1974-07-29 (check for other copies)
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Set 1

Promised Land, Sugaree, Black Throated Wind, It Must Have Been The Roses, Cumberland Blues, Scarlet Begonias, Jack Straw, Deal, El Paso, To Lay Me Down, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow

Set 2

Phil & Ned*, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Spanish Jam-> Around & Around, Peggy-O, U.S. Blues, Sugar Magnolia, E: Casey Jones


-- Discs 2 and 3 can be rejoined seamlessly
-- This source does not have any digital noise reduction like shnid=2277
-- Thanks to Jeff Fishman for his help with this project
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2016
Subject: Lead-in to '74 hotness

The Hartford (7/31), the 8/5 Phlly, and the 8/6 Jersey City (best of '74) shows all happened the week after this show; a tour up there with Fall '80, Summer '87, Spring '90 and May '77. This was the 1st of 29 shows in (the then-new) DC's Cap Centre, which was built to hold a then-whopping 20,000. One of the strongest markets for the band, they played nearby RFK Stadium 15 times and the Merriweather Post, just a few miles north, 6 times.

First Set. Starts about average (going out of tune by Must Have Been Roses) until the stand-alone Scarlet. The jam out is where the ship begins to float and the rest of the set flies. The Wall of Sound didn't play well with recording equipment but Jer's tone on Deal is incredible. Every part is in place, every musician's adding all the way through the hot Weather Report Suite.

Second Set. After a Seastones set, Jer takes a little different approach to a He's Gone that's just sparkling. Bobby flubs Truckin' (srsly??) but Jer is very active and starts a big, loose 26-min jam with a brief TOO. Nobody's Fault starts as a Spoonful riff. The Other One happens - but just one verse, then it dissolves back into a crazy jam, into a tight Wharf Rat. The rest is average but for a hot U.S. Blues (which makes sense at the time in District-Columbia). Sugar Magnolia gets better and better as the jam develops, though there are better ones from summer '74. I don't think they all left the stage so Casey Jones isn't really an encore.

1st Set:  B-
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4 Stars

El Paso - nailed
Weather Report Suite - entire suite is sweet
He's Gone - sparkling
The Other One - fever jam
Wharf Rat - smooth as it gets
U.S. Blues - check Billy, especially

SOURCES: miller.107756 is the best SBD yet. The seamons matrix is particularly good. Partially released on Dave's Picks Bonus Disc 2012 (part of DaP2), which runs 1% too fast - probably tolerable to most listeners.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2015
Subject: good for this tour
smoking Let it Grow and Truckin'
underrated because of '72 and '73...
Reviewer: Allan Ostermann - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2014
Subject: So beautiful!
I didn't start going to shows until the 80s, so I never really listened to older stuff, except live albums. This is so beautiful. Right now I'm listening to the beginning of Weather Report Suite, sounds like acoustics. I never heard this side of them, really. They were more driving and powerful later, but sweeter here. Oh, and Sugaree and Black Throated Wind are beautiful and powerful. A near perfect show. Thanks for this treat!
Reviewer: gr8fuldad73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2013
Subject: underated indeed!!
gr8 show
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2012
Subject: Underrated gem
I just love 74 shows; it was such a fantastic year overall for the band that excellent shows like this seemingly slip through the cracks. Don't miss this one!
It's almost fair to pick from this show but that WRS>Let it Grow is an absolute beauty. A special mention to georgeous versions of Jerry's ballads (TLMD, Roses) as well.
I swear that jam in Wharf Rat was going to veer off into New Potato Caboose at any moment!
Reviewer: ralberty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 1, 2012
Subject: Sandy 2012
After Sandy's wrath this past week a show and song came to mind... WRS from Cap Cntr in 74. Not a song that lasted much in rotation maybe couple years. This is a sweet sweet version from Weir I sit. So nice to see Bobby continue to play with Ratdog. Season Change Wind And Rain...
Reviewer: Bearsincharge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2012
Subject: Great Recording... Keith was amazing !
Nice well balanced recording....almost like you are sitting on the stage...great songlist...great cool vibe...
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2011
Subject: awesome lesser-known gem of '74
so this isn't one of the heavy hitters like 5/19 or 6/23, but more people outta know about this sweet little show. there are lots of highlights, but i won't go into too much detail here...if you listen to one thing besides the great 2nd set jams, listen to the Weather Report Suite. after many repeated listenings, i honestly think it gives 6/18 and 7/19 a pretty solid run for their money. Jerry is absolutely ON FIRE during this very energetic, fluid LIG jam, a definite must hear moment...
Reviewer: gratedude69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
Subject: lovin it
diggin this 74 here and the others from july, though few, first set is littered with great tunes second set has a lovely run of songs, awesome all the way through
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2010
Subject: 7-29-74
Great show. Nice sounding upgrade by Mr. Charlie Miller.
Reviewer: oldhip - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2010
Subject: Old Capital Centre
I lived at the Cap. Centre just about in the 70S, saw some real great shows there. They always jammed there, Nice recording !
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